Friday, 09 July 2010 - SyossetJerico Tribune
One of the visions of Syosset Baseball Association is to work closely with managers and coaches to ensure that they provide the proper instruction and discipline to players on and off the field, both in-game and in practice situations.
To this vision and goal, Mr. Robert Jolson, President of Syosset Baseball Association, contacted Youth Sports New York to meet with the Board of Syosset Baseball Association. After the meeting, it was determined that Syosset Baseball Association would provide, at no cost to each participating manager and coach, a Manager/Coach certification ensuring that these volunteers on the fields have been professionally guided on how to help our kids.
Youth Sports New York, through the direction of SUNY, feels that sports should be fun with guidelines in place, but that it isn't all about winning. Often, this is taken out of context and winning becomes the primary reason and motivation for kids in sports.
Youth Sports New York felt that before the world of today, many of the adults and parents who used to go to the local park to see who was playing for a pickup game would go just to have fun. Why not bring this to the kids with a designated day called "Sandlot Day"?
All Syosset Baseball Association players, from A Division through AAA Division, were invited down to the park from 11 a.m. to dusk, a
s the park would close for a pickup game. There would only be one adult supervisor, but the game would be put back into the kid's hands. Pick your own teams; make your own rules, no measuring of bases, no measuring of the pitcher's mound, etc.
On Sunday, June 13, Syosset Baseball Association declared Sandlot Day at Michael Lewis Wolkis Field. As the 11 a.m. time approached, the kids started walking in from all parts of the park and parents' cars started coming towards the circle to drop their kids off.
The kids were provided with the bare minimum from SBA: a few baseballs, a few bats, a set of rubber bases and a few batting helmets, just in case someone didn't have one, and most importantly, a field. Mr. Jolson addressed the kids, telling them what he used to do as a kid and this was their day to choose sides, make the rules and play to have fun. With that, the kids started pairing off as Mr. Jolson left the field to tell the parents what he told the kids, and what to anticipate as the day unfolded.